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Fifteen years of journalism including work as a researcher, reporter, San Francisco correspondent and investigative writer have led to two national writing awards and a nomination for a third. Fatal Dose told the story of a Canadian government radiation machine that, because of basic software errors, killed six people. Trouble at Nellie’s uncovered accusations of racism against activist and writer June Callwood. An interview with hockey great Ken Dryden was the first he gave after a self-imposed retirement in the wake of a contract dispute.  And a magazine profile of Canadian computer specialist Steve Deering and the early days of the Internet caused poet Leonard Cohen to contact Barbara for help with a project he was considering. Here’s his voicemail message:

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Margaret Atwood interview

Posted by on Sep 20, 1982 in Featured Articles | 0 comments

Margaret Atwood interview

This interview was conducted for Maclean’s magazine’s In-Class Program by Barbara in 1981. STARTING OUT I started writing when I was 16.  I was in Grade 12.  I’d had no idea that there were Canadian writers because we didn’t study them in school.  Most of the writers we studied were English and dead, so I had no role models and I don’t know what put it into my head to be a writer.  A lot of that has changed now–we have lots of role models, including me.  But one of the nice things about not having any...

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